9 incredible concealers that will always have your face's back
They won't let you down
By Team BEAUTYcrew
November 24 2020
By no means are we willing to part with our bright eyeshadow palettes or iridescent illuminators; we're big fans of any product that screams 'look at me'. But truthfully, it's the ones that do exactly the opposite that we legitimately can't live without.
An example? Concealer, AKA the silent assassin of our makeup bags. Because when it's our actual facial features (like eye bags or blemishes) that are giving the 'look at me' speech, it's nice to know we have a few formulas up our sleeve to get them to pipe down, while leaving no-one the wiser to their frustrating existence.
The trouble is, finding a really good concealer isn't always easy. Unless you have a list of highly-recommended options put together by people who have made it their life's mission to test them all, that is; which you happen to have right here. Aren't you lucky?!
Innoxa Dark Circles Concealer
This full-coverage concealer is great for brightening up the look of dark circles and camouflaging blemishes within an inch of their life. The formula is vegan and oil-free, and it brightens and hydrates skin with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich vitamins B3 and E, shea butter and liquorice extract, so you can pack it on without feeling guilty.
Covergirl Clean Fresh Hydrating Concealer
To paraphrase Gilmore Girls, where Lili Reinhart leads, we will follow (especially when it comes to base, because her coverage is always both flawless and natural). So, when she named this creamy (and clean!) concealer as her personal fave, we were sold. It blends seamlessly into skin, making it perfect for polishing your look on 'no-makeup makeup' days, but it's super buildable too if you prefer fuller coverage.
Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer
This fan-fave formula really isn't messing around; in fact, it hides just about *everything* with its matte, full coverage and ultra creamy texture. In the formula you’ll find nourishing mango seed, shea butter and brightening liquorice extract, but you won't find any nasty parabens or mineral oils. It's also totally vegan, which is definitely a win.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer SPF 10
A great on-the-go concealer for popping in your handbag, this option offers 15-hour coverage as well as a natural matte finish that'll stay in place all day (hence the name). Also worth raving about is how is the fact it's oil-free, as well as water, perspiration, transfer and humidity-resistant; superstar alert.
Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer
Benefit’s iconic Boi-ing concealer actually comes in four variants, and we recommend them all; just take your pick based on what your top concerns are. We will say, though, this hydrating one is the best all-rounder in our books. The coverage is sheer, lightweight and super moisturising so it won’t settle into fine lines or look crepey under the eyes.
Nude By Nature Flawless Concealer
Putting 'flawless' in the name definitely sets expectations high, but thankfully, this formula lives up to its accolades. It's full coverage with a satin-matte finish that leaves imperfections undetectable, and it also boasts a long list of nourishing (mostly Australian) ingredients, like anti-ageing Kakadu plum, brightening desert lime, and skin renewing quandong, making it a must-have for concealing and treating dark circles in one.
Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Touché Eclat
This concealer pen has a serious cult following and deserves all the praise it gets and then some. While technically considered a concealer-highlighter hybrid thanks to its light-reflecting pigments (sans shimmer or glitter), it offers a buildable sheer to medium coverage that brightens, smooths and erases imperfections. The built-in brush also makes for easy application and its lightweight texture feels totally invisible on skin.
Genie Full Coverage Line Smoothing Concealer
If most of your concealing requirements are focused around the eye area (think fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles), then this concealer stick is for you. It provides impressively full coverage but it’s also ultra nourishing so it won’t settle in your creases or wrinkles and it tackles your ageing concerns while you wear it; sweet almond oil, shea butter, and hyaluronic acid see to that.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
We're going to go ahead and guess that this beloved formula really needs no introduction, but its notoriety doesn't make it any less incredible. It delivers a deceptively high level of coverage considering its luminous, velvety finish, but it never feels heavy or cake-y at all; the dream. Bonus points for being crazily blendable, too.